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Paladins pick up a pet in Cataclysm

By Michael 'Zechs' Radford
Apr 14, 2010 17:26

ImageThe 10th and final class preview was released today with Paladins getting some intriguing additions to their arsenal.

Paladins look to be another class receiving some flashy spells in the next expansion. At level 81 they will be getting "Blinding Shield," which is currently designed to work just like Eadric the Pure' "Radiance" spell in TOC five man. At 83 the class will receive a new healing spell which seems to be a short-ranged but presumably stronger version of Healing Stream Totem. It will allow the paladin to cast other spells during its six second duration.

But the best is saved for last with "Guardian of Ancient Kings." From the blue post:

"Summons a temporary guardian that looks like a winged creature of light armed with a sword. The visual is similar to that of the Resurrection spell used by the paladin in Warcraft III. The guardian has a different effect depending on the talent spec of the paladin. For Holy paladins, the guardian heals the most wounded ally in the area. For Protection paladins, the guardian absorbs some incoming damage. For Retribution paladins, it damages an enemy, similar to the death knight Gargoyle or the Nibelung staff. 3-minute cooldown. 30-second duration (this might vary depending on which guardian appears)."

A couple of spells that are currently spec-specific will be shifted so that all paladins get to use them. Both Holy Shock and Crusader Strike will become core abilities, with CS available straight away at level one. But one of the defining abilities of all paladins - Divine Shield - may have its duration reduced. Blizzard's reasoning was that "Retribution does pretty well in Battlegrounds, and Battlegrounds will be a much bigger focus in Cataclysm."

As with most classes, the new "Masteries" are predictable but sensible. Tanks and healers are already sharing a lot of talents while Ret paladins will receive boosts to melee and holy damage.

You can read the whole preview, and those of the other nine classes, by heading to MMO-Champion.



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